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Old 12-22-2008, 07:32 PM
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Hi all,as you may know, I recently purchased two leucs, my first two darts
from the pittsburgh reptile show. From what I've read, it seems that leucs are
very active? Mine really don't seem to move alot. They'll climb a little for a minute,
then stop and stay where they are for an hour. Is this normal? Should I just let them
get acclimated? Thanks in advance
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Let them get acclimated.
They are probably still stress from being hauled to the show and then home to you. They should come around in a couple days.
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Okay. I have another question: how much and how often should I Feed them?
I've put a couple of flies in, and while I"m not certain they've been eaten, i haven't seen them. I also only have two cultures (d'oh!) right now, and are just started, not breeding yet. Last question: should I be dusting the flies yet? I'm sure they can go a week or two without dusting yet, but I don't feel like I should. The toe pads on their feet are a concern to me, they criss cross over each other like crazy. Is this natural, or maybe they have metabolic bone disease or SLS?
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Usually takes any frog a day to a couple to get used to their surroundings. If you see flies in their viv still don't add anymore for a day cause they will just stress out the frogs more if they are crawling all over them. You'll enjoy them they were my first dart as well and once they get acclimated you'll enjoy how bold they truely are
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I can guarantee you they do not have SLS or Metabolic bone disease.

They are stressed. They wont eat as much they wont move as much.

Give them some quite time. Too many flies will stress them as well.
I would also try to get the supplements as soon as possible, a week witout is not going to kill them but I would try to get them soon. They are still froglets I would try once a day to feed them ( twice if you can)
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[QUOTE=andyrawrs;314348]Okay. I have another question: how much and how often should I Feed them?
I've put a couple of flies in, and while I"m not certain they've been eaten, i haven't seen them. I also only have two cultures (d'oh!) right now, and are just started, not breeding yet. Last question: should I be dusting the flies yet? I'm sure they can go a week or two without dusting yet, but I don't feel like I should.

I'm a relative newbie, as well, but I know that if you only have two new fly cultures that haven't bloomed yet, you may run out soon if you're feeding off the adult flies from them. Get your hands on a blooming culture so you can breed more flies for later use and also feed your frogs from them for about 5-6 weeks before it's depleted. Most vendors at reptile shows I attend in PA & MD will sell you a FFF starter kit which contains 3 staged cultures (blooming, week old and newly started) so you can perpetuate your food source.
BTW, I dust alternately with Herptivite w/D3 & Reptical at every daily feeding and all 19 of my frogs are healthy looking and acting, per my newbie perspective.
Hope this helps. merry Christmas.
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Thanks for the replies! I put in some leaf litter. The bolder (more active) one hid for a little bit, and hten came back out. The other one is still hiding. Oh and my melanogaster culture's walls is covered with maggots! I'm gonna start a new culture soon no worries ;P
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